What is Stormwater?Stormwater is rainfall that does not evaporate or infiltrate into the ground but instead eventually flows into nearby lakes and streams. Stormwater pollution is caused by rainwater flowing over the ground and picking up pollutants.
Pollutants & Sources
These pollutants, whether natural or man-made, are carried into streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Some of the pollutants include:
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Significant improvements have been achieved in controlling pollutants that are discharged from point sources such as sewage and wastewater treatment plants. Across the nation, attention is shifting to non-point sources of pollution such as stormwater runoff. Stormwater management, especially in urban areas, is becoming a necessary step in the process of further reducing water pollution despite the inherent challenges it brings.
The City of Southaven is in the process of complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Stormwater Phase II requirements by adopting a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).
For more information on this program, visit the DeSoto County Stormwater website. Any questions regarding Southaven’s Stormwater Program should be directed to the Planning and Engineering Department at (662) 393-0111.